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US Prosecutors Charge 36 Suspects in Global Cybercrime Ring

US Prosecutors Charge 36 Suspects in Global Cybercrime Ring

Federal authorities on Wednesday announced dozens of arrests in connection with a Henderson-based investigation into a global cybercrime ring that allegedly defrauded people around the world of more than $530 million.

Department of Homeland Security agents coordinated with law enforcement around the globe, including officials in Albania, Australia, France, Italy, Kosovo, Serbia, and the United Kingdom, according to Rybicki.

On Wednesday, the US Justice Department announced that it had charged 36 people for their roles in Infraud, an global cybercrime network that sold stolen identities and banking information as well as computer malware.

The indictment unsealed in Nevada marks the first time the Justice Department has arrested anyone in connection with Infraud, which Mr Rybecki called one of the largest worldwide cybercrime rings. The fraud, feds claim, has caused more than $530 million in losses since 2010.

The accused were members of the transnational group the Infraud Organization that went by the slogan "In Fraud We Trust" and engaged in criminal activities including identity theft, bank fraud, wire fraud and computer crimes, USA authorities say. He remains at large. He is alleged to operate a trusted "escrow" or currency exchanging service to ensure transactions between Infraud members, according to the Department of Justice.

The site directed potential buyers to the automated vending sites of other members who possessed stolen financial, banking, or personal identification data, malware, or other illicit goods.

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Known as the Infraud Organization, the enterprise aimed to be the Internet's premier destination for buying and selling stolen payment card data.

The group used a scheme that enabled the purchase and sale of US Social Security numbers, as well as birthdays and passwords stolen from around the world.

Malware: Malicious software for compromising PCs, mobile devices and point-of-sale terminals. After that, site co-founder Sergey Medvedev took over; Medvedev has since been apprehended.

The Infraud organization online site now resolves to this takedown notice.

One alleged member, 25-year old Besart Hoxha - aka "Pizza" - of Kosovo has been accused of joining Infraud the same year and advertising himself as a vendor of "High Quality Plastics & Holos VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover" who "sells plastic card stock and holograms to Infraud Organization members and associates".

In 2011, alleged founder Svyatoslav Bondarenko allegedly forbade members from buying and selling contraband belonging to victims residing in Russian Federation.


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